Monthly Update From the Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development

deadlines and critical information

Second Arkansas Drone UAS Summit

Open to novices and experts. Subject matter experts will cover topics such as FAA UAS compliance, cybersecurity, research, and current projects.

Arkansas Biosciences Institute Fall Research Symposium

Faculty and research teams are invited to learn about ABI-supported research on Oct. 25.

  • Register by Oct. 11
  • Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences
  • Contact Leslie Humphries to register or for more information

Arkansas Nutrition, Obesity, and Health Research Retreat

An important opportunity to bring scientists from across the state together to build collaborations and pursue grant funding.

Research Over Easy

Have breakfast with the VPR staff.

NCI Grant Writing Workshop at UAMS

The National Cancer Institute is supporting this grant writing workshop for cancer researchers and administrators.

RazorGrant: IRB Protocol Training

Learn about the new IRB submission process.

New Name Reflects a Focus on Innovation

Driving economic development through research, innovation and the commercialization of intellectual property has been an important focus of the vice provost for research and economic development. Research, discovery and innovation will become an even more important role for the university, per the university's eight guiding priorities, and Jim Rankin will continue leadership of the research and discovery mission as well as the commercialization of intellectual property with a new title as vice provost for research and innovation. Read more about these changes

Welcome to Pearl McElfish

Pearl McElfish is a new employee at the Office of Research . She has a joint appointment with UAMS, and she is available to help with National Institutes of Health proposals and grants.

Research Analytics Information

The Research website now features a Research Analytics section. This tool contains charts and statistics on RSSP proposals and awards, peer institution benchmarks, student retention, graduation and demographics and much more.

First Chancellor's Fund Research Grants Awarded

More than 30 University of Arkansas faculty have been awarded the first 10 research grants from the Chancellor’s Discovery, Creativity, Innovation and Collaboration Fund. Read more about the Chancellor's Fund awardees.

Startup Crawl a Success

Forty companies were featured at the AR Startup Crawl on Friday, Sept. 29. The event was co-hosted by the Arkansas Research and Technology Park.

Research Tool: Social Explorer

Social Explorer brings together a multitude of historic and current datasets covering demographics, crime, elections, religion, business, health, environment, and economic development in the US and around the world. This database not only provides data; it also allows the user to create maps and other graphics depicting the data.  Social Explorer is a simple enough for students yet it produces professional-quality reports and graphics.

Research Tool: PolicyMap

PolicyMap provides access to over 15,000 indicators related to demographics, housing, crime, mortgages, health, jobs, quality of life, and more. You can view the data geographically at scales as small as street addresses or census tracts, or through larger areas such as zip code, county, city,  metropolitan statistical area (MSA), or  state.  Some data also have unique geographies like school districts and political boundaries.

Catch Their Attention: Using Visual Abstracts to Promote Your Research

by Melody Herr

A leading journal just accepted your article for publication. But while your research team is celebrating, you begin to worry. Will the journal’s regular readers notice it? Will researchers outside your field ever see it?

An eye-catching visual abstract (a.k.a. graphic abstract) can make your article stand out in the crowd. If you want proof, compare Nature, which includes visual abstracts on its contents page, with Science, which doesn’t. Journals in fields ranging from medicine and biology to chemistry and computer science are now inviting – or requiring – authors to supply a visual abstract. Each journal has its own specifications, clearly explained on its website. Elsevier, one of the world’s largest journal publishers, provides a professional design service for a fee. You may also hire a student in the U of A’s graphic design program. Contact Professor Maxwell Lane about working with a student freelancer.

Even if the journal doesn’t require a visual abstract, however, you may want to create one to promote your research through Twitter, Instagram, and other social media. For inspiring examples from many different disciplines, search for #VisualAbstract on Twitter.

Andrew M. Ibrahim, who holds a joint appointment in the Department of Surgery and the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan, has a long-standing interest in architectural and graphic design. As Creative Director for the Annals of Surgery, Ibrahim is an advocate of visual abstracts, which he compares to movie trailers. In order to help fellow researchers publicize their work, Ibrahim wrote “A Primer on How to Create a Visual Abstract” which is freely available on his website In fewer than 20 pages, he introduces essential design principles and walks through the process of creating your abstract, step-by-step, using a readily-adaptable template. He then offers tips for sharing your abstract on Twitter and tracking responses. The communications director in your college may also be able to assist you.

You have to be creative to attract attention. A well-designed abstract shared through social media makes your work both more visual and more visible. Go ahead, put your research in the spotlight.


Last Month's Top Awards

$2,740,876 from the U.S. Department of Education to Janet Penner-Williams, associate professor of educational leadership, for Project SOAR.

$1,815,706 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to Marcia Shobe, professor of social work, for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program.

$1,743,757 from the National Institutes of Health to Kyle Quinn, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, for in vivo label-free characterization of aged skin to predict delayed wound healing.

$744,992 from the National Institutes of Health to Kyle Quinn, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, for non-invasive, label-free, quantitative imaging for chronic wound characterization.

$687,160 from the National Science Foundation to Claire Terhune, assistant professor of anthropology, for acquisition of a micro-computed tomography system for advanced imaging and inter-disciplinary multi-user access for the University of Arkansas and the US Interior Highlands.




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